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Kabir Bhatia

Kabir Bhatia joined WKSU as a Reporter/Producer and weekend host in 2010.  A graduate of Hudson High School, he received his Bachelor's from Kent State University.  While a Kent student, Bhatia served as a WKSU student assistant, working in the newsroom and for production.

Among his awards, he was named Best of Show – Best Reporter in Ohio for 2013 by the Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The Princeton Prize for Race Relations for the Cleveland Branch will be presented this Thursday, recognizing high school students who volunteer to improve race relations.

Entrepreneurs in Akron now have a new space downtown from which to launch a new business.

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is now home to the Microbusiness Center, a shared work space that can be used for free and includes office equipment and Wi-Fi.

Funded by a $190,000 Knight Foundation grant, the center is in the first-floor space in the Main Library previously used by the Library Shop, which has moved to the second floor.

The Akron Zoo and Habitat for Humanity have a partnership that’s giving new life to remnants of old homes near the zoo.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2016 today in New York City. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia looks back to the very first Rock Hall induction, 30 years ago.

The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival is adding virtual reality to the mix with a new exhibit opening tomorrow. "Perspectives" is housed in Tower City, away from the movie theaters and instead in an empty storefront.

An art exhibit in Sandusky is inviting visitors to consume art in a new way. This weekend, the Sandusky Cultural Center is hosting artist R!ch Cihlar’s “Cleveland Artifact Machine." It’s a mid-century cigarette machine that dispenses artwork instead of smokes.

Cihlar says the machines are a throwback because they require no electricity; everything is mechanical. And they’re also helping visitors interact with and appreciate art in a new way.

It will probably come as no surprise that one of the biggest hits at the Cleveland International Film Festival this year is a documentary on the pain and anguish that Cleveland sports fans have experienced for decades.

  The trial starts today for an East Cleveland man accused in 2013 of three gruesome murders.

Three rotting corpses, wrapped in duct tape, were found in Michael Madison's garage in July, 2013. East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said at the time that Madison -- a registered sex offender -- had made statements indicating he might have been influenced by serial killer Anthony Sowell.

  There are about 30 companies in the world authorized to make bats for Major League Baseball – and one of them is in Northeast Ohio.

The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival opens tonight at Tower City.  About 200 feature films and 200 shorts from 72 countries will be shown over the next two weeks.

Chapel Hill Mall in Akron continues to lose tenants, but one of its three anchors may not be empty for long.

Several stores – including Old Navy -- have left the mall since January. The FYE music and video store closes today, and Macy’s closed on Saturday.

The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival opens Wednesday at Tower City, and for the first time it will include virtual reality.

The Film Fest began in 1977 with eight movies. This year, it will host about 200 feature films over 12 days. And in a separate part of Tower City, an empty storefront will become an immersive experience.

Companies in Cuyahoga County have until Friday to apply for the chance to get some free help from NASA.

Swimming could be returning to Euclid Beach this summer after Cleveland Metroparks commissioners approved $569,000 in improvements there.

The Portage County Board of Elections has a new voting system in place for Tuesday's primary, following problems last fall.

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